Coach-needy Haslam skips owner meetings

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not attending the NFL owner’s meetings in Houston as the team narrows its search for a new coach.
Haslam’s wife, Dee, who has owned Cleveland’s franchise with her husband since 2012, is at the meetings where owners will vote on relocation to Los Angeles, said the person who spoke Tuesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the Browns’ search.
Cleveland has interviewed seven candidates with Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson emerging as a front-runner. The Browns have not yet offered their job to the 50-year-old Jackson, who has also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and could draw interest from other teams.
It’s not clear whether the Browns have any more interviews scheduled. They met with Jackson on Sunday, a day after the Bengals were beaten in an AFC wild-card game by Pittsburgh.

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